Friday, February 11, 2011

what not to do when you've had the stomach flu ...

As you remember, on Wednesday night, I was hit with the stomach flu. It was the first time since I've been a parent (nearly six years) that I questioned my ability to take care of my children. I felt so horrible that I knew I wouldn't be able to much of anything. So, since J was heading out of town, I called upon my sister, who stepped up big time.

And thank God she did. Although I didn't vomit yesterday, I couldn't get out of bed. At one point, I needed to bring my laptop downstairs to charge and it took me an hour and a half to muster the energy to do so. Whenever I tried to sit up to drink something, the nausea set in. But the worst part wasn't actually feeling sick. It was feeling useless. I couldn't stand that my sister was taking care of everything and all I could do was sit there like a blob.

The thing is that I'm really not good with being unproductive. Lazy doesn't work for me. I wish it did. But, if I sit around for more than a few hours, I start going stir crazy. And being trapped in my bed for 20+ hours was just too long for me.

So, at around 4 p.m., I got out of bed. My sister wouldn't let me do much of anything, but it was better than sitting quarantined in my room. And that's when it started to happen. I started feeling better. Like a lot better. Moving around wasn't making me nauseous. I could eat. A little anyway. It seemed like this stomach bug was really a 24 hour thing.

At 7 p.m., once the girls were in bed, my sister left and I ran through my nightly routine. Made the girls lunch. Cleaned up the house. Started the laundry. I felt pretty much back to normal. Sure, I was only eating pretzels and drinking tea, but I figured I was all good. So, (and this is what you are going to yell at me for), I decided to workout. I put in the DVD for P90X Shoulders and Arms with Ab Ripper X.

I know it was stupid. And I know I should have been resting. But I was bored. And I felt OK. And really, it was fine until I got to Ab Ripper. And then, I wanted to punch myself in the face. I swear, sometimes I really don't think these things through ...

26 comments:

Kortni said...

Girl...REST! It will all still be there tomorrow or later today!

Jogging with Fiction said...

you know, that sounds like something I would totally do. I was home with a stomach bug and still tried to run when I was starting to recover. So, I'd tell you to rest, but I'd never take my own advise, so I guess I'll just say, feel better!

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Just rest momma!!! I know it's hard!! It's what you would have your kids do no??

Heather said...

OMG crazy girl! feeling ok doesnt mean you are well. Dont make it last longer by getting going too soon!

wojoku said...

I love it!!

I do the very same thing - I always end up going back to workouts too soon after being sick. But honestly, in all of that bad choices experience, I've found that my swim workouts can REALLY help me feel better. So whenever I'm just starting to feel better, off to the pool I go.

Danielle said...

I go stir crazy being stuck inside, too. Glad you feel better and thank goodness for wonderful sisters!!

Katie said...

GET YOUR BUTT BACK IN BED RIGHT NOW MISSY! and heal up!

Runners Fuel said...

take it easy,so you can get back out there!

Michelle said...

Well, I know WHY you did it, and I probably would've done the same, but when you look at someone else doing it, I think, ARE YOU CRAZY??? I'm thinking you are crazy--which is why I read your blog....I like that!

Stacie said...

It's hard to rest when you need to. My mind never shuts down so it's doubly hard. I hope you feel better soon.

Beachgirlrunning said...

Glad to hear you started to feel better! That's so awesome your sister was able to help out. Hopefully you can make a full recovery this weekend. Hang in there!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I'll be the first to admit that I believe in sweating illness out (for me not the kids) but P90x is pushing it! One down day = not so bad. Multiple down days = one crazy T! Food for thought.

REST!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Mud Pie strikes Again!!! Nuff said..

Stephanie said...

Thank GOD for sisters. :)

I totally would have tried the exercise too. :)

Hope you feel better this weekend!

Marlene said...

Are you NUTS, girl? Glad you are feling better but yeesh, go for a light walk or something. :)

Beth said...

You are crazy! Stay in bed!! I'm glad you're feeling better, though.

TNTcoach Ken said...

In the words of Forrest Gump, "STUPID IS, STUPID DOES"!

TutuRunner said...

crazy or a total bad-ass. tomatoe, tomato.

Twila said...

WOW! totally stupid but I would totally do the same stupid thing : ) I ran the day after they told me I had the flu!

Terri said...

Yes, stupid thing to do. But I have no room to talk - I just ran a half with a head cold trying to morph into a chest cold - and I PR'd. Ha (cough, hack, hack, cough). Then I thought I was going to cough up a lung. We're a stupid group of people, aren't we? :)

Wifey said...

Um, hello?! Hopefully, you rested for part of yesterday and are feeling much better by today. Take care of yourself.

Ab Ripper X. Huh. If Tony really loves you he'll wait.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

mostlyfitmom said...

Well, I guess if you already know that it wasn't the smartest thing to do...

I, on the other hand, am a total wimp when I'm sick and refuse to work out. Anytime I'm feeling sick, it pretty much always gets worse with a workout. Hope you recover fully soon!

S Club Mama said...

oh sweetie, I'm so sorry! If you're bored...watch a movie LOL

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Julie D. said...

Your sister should have tied you up to a chair!!! you are crazy! glad you are feeling better!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Second to last line cracked me up....got a funny visual of you, sweaty, on the ground doing crunchy frogs or the v-up roll ups then **BAM** straight up punch yourself in the face. Funny yet so sad at the same time. I know the feeling.

I hate the stomach bug. Good thing your sister was able to help you out!! Glad you are feeling better now!!

Rochelle said...

Your funny! I saw your guest post and you are awesome. I totally workout even when I am sick - it's a mental thing but I think some how I will sweat it out of me!